VFX Pros Tell All: Chris White

Chris White

Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital

Award-winning VFX Supervisor Chris White has more than 25 years industry experience creating compelling digital environments, creatures and effects and is the recipient of multiple VES Awards for his artistry.

Chris has played a pivotal role in the development of Weta Digital’s new water pipeline for the AVATAR sequels, bringing technical and artistic expertise to this cutting-edge technology that is setting a new industry standard for the creation of digital water.

He has been supervising Weta’s work on Netflix’s UMBRELLA ACADEMY series, creating Pogo and the talking fish AJ Carmichael.  He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for THE WHITE VIOLIN episode in Season 1. Chris also recently supervised the space-traveling chimp Marcus for the comedy SPACE FORCE.

A VFX Supervisor on VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, Chris led the team in creating the Pearl Planet, home to the Pearls, humanoid aliens inspired by aquatic creatures.  Previous creature supervision includes work on RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, where his leadership in creating the chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas was celebrated with both Academy Award and BAFTA nominations.

Chris masterminded the complex Goblin Caverns environment for THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, winner of a VES Award and nominated for Academy and BAFTA awards.  He played a major part in developing the procedural system used to build digital New York City for KING KONG, and later expanded on this experience for the MAZE RUNNER films.